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AANE Event List

AANE - Asperger SyndromeListed below, in chronological order, are all upcoming events sponsored by AANE. Please contact AANE if you have any questions about these events.

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Advance registration with payment is required for all programs at least one week before the scheduled program date. Early registration is highly recommended due to limited seating. After the deadline, please call AANE at (617) 393-3824, ext. 10, to check if the program is still being held and if space is available. AANE reserves the right to cancel if the minimum enrollment is not met by the registration deadline. If you register for a workshop and are a no-show, there are no refunds nor credits given to attend another workshop.

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Upcoming AANE Events

Events - AdultsHow Should I Say It? An 8-week Support Group for Neurodiverse Couples

Date/Time: Meets weekly for 8 weeks from September 3 to October 29 (call for time)
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
Facilitators: Carol Feldman Bass, Psychodramatist and Grace Myhill, MSW
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Communication in any type of relationship can be challenging. Now add to that the difficulties and frustrations when each member of a couple appears to have very different:

  • Speaking styles
  • Auditory processing abilities
  • Perspectives
  • Tolerance for conflict
  • Capacity for problem solving

This workshop is designed to address the communication issues in relationships in which one member of the couple identifies as having Asperger's or a related autism spectrum profile and the other member does not.

Using a combination of action methods, group members will experience what it might feel like to be in each other's shoes and to learn an alternative approach to communication from that perspective.

This group  is also offered as a weekend intensive workshop.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensMy Child Just Got Diagnosed -- Now What?

Dates: (choose one) Sept. 8, Nov. 10, Jan. 12, March 9, May 11, Aug. 7
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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When your child gets an Autism Spectrum diagnosis it's hard to know what to do first. Join other parents to learn about the most common characteristics of Asperger Syndrome/Autism Spectrum, including basic information about behavioral issues, parenting strategies, disclosure, and school concerns.

Events - AdultsHow Should I Say It? A Weekend Intensive Workshop for Neurodiverse Couples

Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 20 at 10-4 and Sunday, Sept. 21 at 9-3
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
Facilitators: Carol Feldman Bass, Psychodramatist and Grace Myhill, MSW
Learn More and Register

Communication in any type of relationship can be challenging. Now add to that the difficulties and frustrations when each member of a couple appears to have very different:

  • Speaking styles
  • Auditory processing abilities
  • Perspectives
  • Tolerance for conflict
  • Capacity for problem solving

This workshop is designed to address the communication issues in relationships in which one member of the couple identifies as having Asperger's or a related autism spectrum profile and the other member does not.

Using a combination of action methods, group members will experience what it might feel like to be in each other's shoes and to learn an alternative approach to communication from that perspective.

This workshop will also be offered as an 8-week group in September and October.

Events - Parents of TeensGrow Up! Helping Teens Become Competent Adults

Date: October 7, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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As teens move through middle and high school, they need to become more independent and responsible within the family, at school, and out in the broader community. This class will focus on specific strategies you can begin implementing immediately to help your teen develop into a more independent, engaged, confident, and responsible adult.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensHomework Help!

Date: October 16, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Is your child's homework causing a lot of stress in your family? You're not alone. Join Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic and Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE, to learn why homework is challenging and what you can do to help. You'll walk away with practical strategies to help your children "show what they know" and cut down on the time spent fighting over homework. We'll use real homework examples to illustrate how to turn a confusing or overwhelming assignment into one your child can understand and manage.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensUnderstanding the Autism Spectrum/Asperger's IEP Process

Date: October 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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This workshop is designed to empower parents in the IEP (Individual Education Plan) process. It will provide you with a foundation of knowledge, practical strategies, and effective approaches to working with your child's school in a collaborative and productive way. You will learn about IEPs, services needed in school, and Massachusetts law. It will also address the learning and generalization of non-academic skills such as: social skills, organizational skills, self-advocacy, and independent living skills. You will leave with a worksheet for IEP planning that you can update and use each year.

Events - EveryoneAsperger Syndrome Connections 2014: Practical Perspectives, Positive Lives

AANE's Annual Conference for those interested in AS/ASD and related profiles

Date: October 25, 2014
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA
Keynote Speakers: Simon Baron-Cohen, PhD; Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA; Michael Wilcox
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We are pleased to welcome back Simon Baron-Cohen, Winnie Dunn, and Michael Forbes Wilcox, who will speak to us about current research in the field of autism, proven approaches to managing sensory processing in everyday life, and the joys (as well as sorrows) of living as an adult with Asperger Syndrome.

Events - Parents of TeensEvents - TeensPreparing for College

Date: November 8, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Join presenters Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD, and Lorraine Wolf, PhD, college disability directors and authors of A Parent's Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum, as they talk about the key steps needed for success after high school for students with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions. Topics include:

  • assessing readiness for post-secondary education
  • how to work with your teen/young adult to develop skills needed for success in college and beyond, including independence, self-regulation, and organizational skills
  • learning how to decide which college environments might be a good match for your teen
  • the insider's view of the accommodations process in college: laws and strategies parents and teens need to know and how to work with college personnel or employers to foster success.

Events - Parents of TeensWelcome to the Teen Years

Date: December 3, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Parents often ask two big questions about their teens: "Who is this person living in my house?" and "Is this behavior because of Asperger's or is this what all teens are like?" This workshop addresses both of those questions. We cover adolescence and puberty and the special challenges it presents for teens with AS, as well as what you can do to help your teen meet those challenges.

Events - Parents of TeensEvents - TeensPerspectives on College Life for Teens* and Parents of Teens

Date: March 1, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Are you a teen who is considering/planning to attend college? Are you wondering:

  • What is a "Gap Year" and how could I do that?
  • What are the best and most challenging parts of college for someone like me?
  • Should I write about Asperger's in my college essay? Why or why not?
  • What type of college environment will work for me?
  • Should I live at home or away?
  • Should I ask for a single room if I live away?
  • How can I make friends at college?
  • How will I have time for everything I like to do AND do everything I have to do?

Come hear what current students or recent graduates with Asperger Syndrome have to say about their college experiences. Also hear the perspective of parents of college students. There will be refreshments, a packet of college information, and plenty of time to ask questions.

(*Teens must be accompanied by a parent.)

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensWriting Measurable IEP Goals

Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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This workshop provides practical strategies for writing IEP goals and objectives to meet your child's needs. We address the main areas that are usually covered in the IEP of a students with Asperger's/Autism or a related diagnosis. These may include social-emotional goals, social pragmatics, self-regulation, self-advocacy, written expression, and organization and planning. You will leave with the tools you need to analyze your child's current IEP and to develop goals and objectives that are easy to understand and measure.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensWhy Does My Child Behave Like That?
Practical Strategies for Parents of Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Date: April 30, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Do you ever feel frustrated by your child's behavior? What can we do as parents to help our children on the Autism Spectrum increase their ability to stay calm, cope better with frustration, get along better with others, think more flexibly, solve everyday problems, and transition with less trauma?

Join Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic and Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE, to learn practical strategies to make home life function more smoothly.

Events - Parents of TeensYes I Can! Fostering Teens' Self-Knowledge, Self-Esteem, and Assertiveness

Date: May 5, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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To live effectively in the neurotypical world, adults with Asperger's need to understand their individual profile of challenges and strengths, and know when and how to ask for any help or accommodations they need. This workshop will address how parents can help teens become more self-aware and more effective at self-advocacy.

Events - Parents of ChildrenEvents - Parents of TeensHelping Your Child Make Friends

Date: May 20, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: AANE Office, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
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Many parents report that their children have a hard time making friends and maintaining friendships. This workshop addresses the reasons our kids have difficulty with this particular set of skills and how parents can help their children learn these skills. We take parents step-by-step through the whole process, from the types of friendships children develop, to where to meet potential friends, to planning a get-together with a friend.